Poem for Founder’s Day

Sep 28, 2023

Founder’s Day celebrates the legacy of Zen Master Seung Sahn, founding teacher of the Kwan Um School Of Zen

Poem by Marshall White JDPSN

Wind through leaves
The tree speaks.
Wind through throat
Words appear:
Tree, wind, voice

Wind across water
Ah! Waves!
Wind across ear drums
Ah! Voices!

Wind inside, wind outside.
Breathing in, breathing out.
What is speaking, what listening?
Where does this wind come from?


A long time ago on a solo retreat
A man heard footsteps and crows
For the first time.
Listen carefully: they are still speaking.